Remote-controlled airplanes are nothing new, but Dipper, created by researchers at ETH Zurich, is a flying machine that not only takes to the skies, but is capable of to diving from the air directly into water. To reduce water resistance, Dipper folds its wings into laminated carbon fiber. Will there eventually be drones you can buy that do this? Most certainly, and we hope sooner than later. Read more to see it in-action and for additional information.
NASA’s Dragonfly is a planned spacecraft and mission that will send a mobile robotic drone lander to Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. It will be used to study prebiotic chemistry and extraterrestrial habitability at various locations where it will perform vertical-takeoffs and landings (VTOL). This moon is unique in having an abundant, complex, and diverse carbon-rich chemistry on the surface of a water-ice-dominated world with an interior water ocean. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Racing drones have been around for a few years now, but they normally aren’t allowed to be flown in theme parks for safety reasons, that is unless…you’ve been given permission like Viggo Koch. He brought his racing drone to the Liseberg Amusement Park in Gothenburg, Sweden and used it to film HELIX, the world’s first roller coaster that is a 1:1 replica of a virtual reality experience. Read more for the amazing POV video and additional information about the coaster.
The all-new ANAFI FPV puts you in the cockpit of Parrot’s ultra-portable ANAFI drone, complete with 4K HDR video, 21-megapixel still images, easy-to-use modes / presets, extended battery life, and even on the go USB-C charging. Just pair your smartphone to ANAFI FPV with the FreeFlight 6.6 app, place your phone in the included Cockpit glasses, and you’re ready to fly. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: David Vultaggio
What if you could take an air taxi straight from your apartment building without having to take an elevator down to the ground floor first? Industrial designer David Vultaggio’s Bentley Majestic Walker passenger drone lets you do just that. Simply put, it takes off and lands vertically from a landing / charging pad that hangs off the sides of buildings. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Drone racing is already a professional sport, and that means they’ll only get faster as time goes on. The “Helyx” is a next-generation FPV (First Person View) drone that’s faster than most hypercars, and it weighs just 87.5 grams. It’s capable of accelerating from a standstill to 62 mph in a mere 1.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 129 mph. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Unlike other drones, Swellpro’s Spry Drone was designed specially to be both waterproof and buoyant, thanks to specially coated motors as well as corrosion resistant materials throughout. Not just rugged, it sports an integrated camera with a Sony 1/2.3” CMOS sensor paired with a lens that minimizes fisheye distortion for natural looking images, capable of shooting 4K video at 30 frames per second (max bit rate of 64mbps) or snap crisp 12MP photos. Read more for a video and additional information.
DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) was formed to explore tactics to be used by systems of over a hundred unmanned air and/or ground drones. Recently, the group conducted their second field experiment, which took place at Fort Benning, Georgia, where teams of autonomous air and ground robots tested tactics on a mission to isolate an urban objective. Read more for the video and additional information.
Russia’s defense ministry showcased its latest unmanned aerial vehicle for the first time in public on Wednesday. The Okhotnik (Russian for Hunter) was seen taking off, performing tactical maneuvers and landing after the 20 minute demonstration. This wedge-shaped combat drone was developed by the Sukhoi company and is a major leap compared to other unmanned aerial vehicles previously developed in Russia. Read more for a video and additional information.
MartinUAV’s V-Bat drone was tested by the US Navy this past week on their fast transport ship USNS Spearhead. It’s capable of infrastructure-independent vertical takeoff and landings while also retaining the high efficiency of a fixed-wing aircraft for long-endurance missions since it can be launched as well as recovered in a 9-square-meter area even in dense urban terrain or on the tight decks of ships. The drone can fly at speeds of up to 90 knots and can dash to different areas quickly while cruising around for eight hours at 45 knots at an altitude of up to 15,000 feet. Read more for two videos and additional information.